, Volume 78, Issue 3, pp 185–190 | Cite as

Fungi associated with cellulose decomposition in the tidal mud-flats of Kuwait

  • A. F. Moustafa
  • M. S. Sharkas


Fungi potentially able to decompose cellulose, in the tidal mud-flats of Kuwait, have been investigated. More than 58 species were isolated and their cellulytic ability were tested. Many of the species recorded are well known cellulose decomposers, while for many others the strong cellulytic activity is a new record e.g. Arachniotus dankaliensis, Lasiobolidium orbiculoides, Corynascus sepedonium, and Pesotum sp. Comparison of the frequency of occurrence and cellulytic ability, in all species reported, revealed that there is no coincidence between the two parameters. The high frequency of any fungus does not imply that this fungus is an active cellulose decomposer in the soil and similarly low frequency fungi are not necessarily weak decomposers. It is likely possible, that the competitive saprophytic ability of the fungus which determine its role in the process of cellulose decomposition in the soil rather than its cellulytic ability in pure culture.


Cellulose Pure Culture Kuwait Cellulose Decomposition Active Cellulose 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. Moustafa
    • 1
  • M. S. Sharkas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ScienceTeacher's Institute of EducationKuwait

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